Council House Exchange
Wanting to exchange your council house for someone else’s in a different area is possible these days, in fact you have a legal right to be able to do so as long as you can find someone to exchange with.
Generally swapping your council house for someone else’s is no more difficult than any other home and like others you need to get permission from the landlord – your local Authority and to do that you need to write to the Housing Needs Officer.
Swapping like this is often called a Mutual Exchange.
After you have written requesting a Mutual Exchange the council will write back telling you when they will give you the result of your request. This can take up to 42 days for them to make a decision on the exchange but for most authorities is less than a month.
Before the exchange can go ahead the Council does various checks, these are usually, making sure there are no rent arrears, that you or the exchange tenant isn't under notice or has issues with anti social behaviour, that the property is suitable for your needs such as, if supported housing is required you will normally have to swap with some-one who also lives in supported housing and finally that the property will not be over or under occupied
Once the council have gotten all the answers to their checks they will request that a building check on the property be carried out by one of the Councils inspectors, alongside this gas and electric checks will be carried out. If there are building issues found during these inspections you may be asked to rectify these before the exchange can go ahead.
If the exchange is with another authority in a different part of the country they will also contact the other Housing Association or council involved for a report on their tenant..
Once all the reports have been digested and they have been looked at approval can be given and a date can be fixeed for the home exchange to go ahead.
Then you just need to sort out your removals van !